Arts Awareness Monthly E-Newsletter | January 2015
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Every time an artist begins a new work or prepares for a performance the world is wide open. There is a level of excitement about that moment that’s invigorating. It’s a fresh start. Past creative experiences inform their work but don’t dictate the outcome of what they’re creating at the moment. There is a full commitment to create, to let go of everything prior, and to focus without distraction. They know that there will be challenges to overcome but that the end result and what is discovered along the way is well worth it. It may take an hour, a day, a week, a month, or a year to complete, but the effort is fully concentrated on the fresh start. Beginning a new choreographed work, musical composition, painting, sculpture, or preparing for a music or theater performance is much like beginning a new year. It’s a fresh start that takes focus on that moment using everything you’ve gained along the way to move toward the future.

Every moment is a fresh beginning.
~ T. S. Eliot
Artists know that the beginning of a work or performance is the most important step. They don’t wait until everything is perfect, until everything is just right to begin. There’s lightness about simply beginning; and although once you begin you have to follow through to complete it, the beginning is critical. It’s similar to what many of us may feel at the start of a new year. A new year gives us the feeling that we have an opportunity to start again, to take advantage of new beginnings. There is a special feeling of being able to start fresh. Experience tells us that there will be challenges, barriers, and emotions we must manage, but the incentive of a new year brings out our enthusiastic desires for new ways of being in and experiencing the world.
Without delay I began work, without hesitation and all of a fever.
~ Paul Gauguin

Paul Gaugin and others became known in the late 1880s for a style of art called Synthetism in which the important thing was how an image is remembered, not so much how it really looked. It’s the feeling of the artist about the subject that creates the work. The techniques and elements of the art form are synthesized with the major idea or feeling of the artist about the theme of the work. 

This was a way for Gaugin to expand beyond what seemed to him to be confining and superficial and unmindful of individual thoughts and ideas. It was important to these artists to find a new way of expressing themselves that didn’t limit their experience and expression.
How can we use the skills of an artist to take that opportunity not only as a new year begins but throughout the year?
  • Focus like an artist. Create space and clear away distractions.
  • Change things if needed to allow you the time and freedom to create what you want.
  • Eliminate or work around any obstacles or challenges that appear to be in your way.
  • Artists use their hearts—live your life from the inside out.
There is something hopeful about January 1st; it gives us the feeling of a fresh start and of being able to begin anew with our lives. Yet throughout the year we can tap into that special feeling and atmosphere of a new year to motivate us to take action. We can create a beautiful masterpiece that’s aligned with our dreams and values. If you've lost your sense of excitement about moving forward, maybe what’s missing is a fresh start.

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  • NEW BEGINNINGS is a 2013 New York City Ballet performance filmed at sunrise on the 57th floor of 4 World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. It is a moving performance of Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain and a testament to new beginnings and a fresh start.
  • The Art of the Fresh Start by Glenna Salsbury provides you with some tools to “uncover the values that guide you, leading you to discover what you want to achieve and how to get there through internal motivation.”
  • I Can See Clearly Now, sung here by Jimmy Cliff, is a song of hope and courage in overcoming the challenges of the obstacles and adversity we often face in life.
  • Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, performed here by the Berlin Philharmonic and conducted by Herbert von Karajan, was written after he had become aware of his advancing deafness. Although he agonized over his fate, Beethoven was determined to go on composing in the midst of this tremendous challenge. He said that he would be “making a fresh start” and began work on Symphony No. 3. The work was the beginning of a new creative period for him and ultimately led to the compositional style of the Romantic period.
Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.
~ Arthur Ashe
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About the Arts Awareness Newsletter:

This newsletter is meant to spark ideas and develop a deeper understanding of artistic processes and their use in leadership, everyday life, and work. Content, which comes from personal experiences and a variety of sources, is based on the Arts Awareness concepts developed by Patricia Hoy. Questions? Comments? Contact Patricia at or 901-229-1955, N. 93rd Way, Scottsdale, AZ.

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